Get to Sengkang fast and affordably with these detailed steps.
Welcome to the complete guide on how to get to Sengkang Singapore by MRT! This article is designed to get you there fast, affordably, and without complications.
Aside from describing how to get to Sengkang by MRT, we will also share important information about popular points of interest that you can explore once you arrive. Sengkang has several great shopping malls, recreational facilities and food centres accessible via LRT, which is easy to access from the MRT network.
By the end of this guide, you will know…..
What stations, lines and transfers should you make to reach Sengkang?
Whether it’s better to purchase a ticket, card or Tourist Pass to get there?
What to visit when you arrive in Sengkang?
In the section below, we will share important information about Sengkang, and then we will explain all the steps on how to get there via MRT.
Visiting Sengkang Singapore – Important Information
Sengkang is the second most populous region in North-East Singapore. It is a planning area and residential town that is populated by more than 240,000 residents in 7 different subzones.
The Sengkang neighbourhood is surrounded by several other notable areas of Singapore, such as:
- Seletar (North)
- Punggol (North)
- Hougang (South)
- Serangoon (South)
- Pasir Ris (East)
- Paya Lebar (East)
- Yishun (West)
- Ang Mo Kio (West)
Unlike many areas of Singapore, Sengkang is well served by the East and West LRT Lines. Consequently, it’s easy to access recreational facilities, malls and housing complexes here.
Sengkang has two main rivers that run through the time, Sungei Serangoon and Sungei Punggol and several recreational facilities and areas to check out such as:
- Sengkang Riverside Park
- Sengkang Swimming Complex
- Sengkang Hockey Stadium
- Anchorvale Community Centre
- Sengkang Sculpture Park
Several malls are popular amongst residents in Sengkang.
Some of the most popular ones include:
- Compass One
- Rivervale Plaza
- Rivervale Mall
- The Seletar Mall
And directly south in Hougang, there are more malls to explore:
- Buangkok Square Mall
- Hougang Mall
- Hougang Green Shopping Mall
Sengkang is known as a residential area, but once you are here, there is a surprisingly large number of things to see and do.
Getting to Sengkang Singapore by MRT.
Step 1: Access the most convenient station to your residence/room in the city.
If you are reading this article, we will assume that you are not staying in or starting your journey in Sengkang. Therefore, you need to be able to access the MRT network using a station close to where you are staying.
Not only is staying close to an MRT station very efficient for getting around Singapore, but it’s also cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Driving a vehicle means that you will spend time in traffic, emit more emissions and pay parking fees in Sengkang and elsewhere.
We suggest booking a room or staying at a condo within 500 meters or less from a station. The last thing you want to do is spend more time getting to a station than it takes to ride the train to your next destination.
Fairmont Singapore (5-star, 8.7/10 review score, close to Esplanade Station)
Hotel Bencoolen @ Hong Kong Street (4-star, 8.3/10 review score, very close to Clarke Quay Station)
Chic Capsule Otel (2-star, 8.5/10 review score, very close to Chinatown Station)
Be sure to check verified guest reviews before booking a room in Singapore to ensure that the area is safe and that their service standards are acceptable.
Step 2: Plan your route to Sengkang Singapore (consider stations, transfers, and lines).
Getting to Sengkang is easy using MRT services, but some initial planning might need to be done if you need to make a line transfer along the way.
The section below will summarize MRT station and line information, followed by an overview of transfers required to get on the appropriate line to reach Sengkang.
MRT Station and Line Information
Remember that Sengkang is a large area in Singapore. Therefore, it’s actually serviced by two MRT stations and 14 LRT stations!
The two most convenient stations for accessing points of interest in Sengkang are:
Sengkang Station (NE-16)
Buangkok Station (NE-15)
Buangkok Station (NE-15) is the first station in Sengkang if you are travelling from the downtown area of Singapore. Sengkang Station (NE-16), is the next station north of Buangkok.
To reach either Buangkok Station (NE-15) or Sengkang Station (NE-16), you will have to travel to the North-East MRT Line.
The North-East MRT Line is shown in purple on the metro map.
Transfer Information to reach Sengkang and the North-East MRT Line
If you are not staying close to a station along the North-East MRT Line, you will likely have to transfer from a different MRT line to get to either Buangkok or Sengkang Station.
The three stations listed below are popular spots where commuters transfer from other lines to the North-East Line:
Little India (transfer between the North-East and Downtown Line)
Serangoon (transfer between the North-East and Circle Line)
Dhoby Ghaut (transfer between the North-South, North-East and Downtown Lines)
You can refer to station metro maps and ask station personnel if you need more help getting to the North-East Line from your starting point.
Step 3: Buy your ticket or a card.
There are several tickets/cards to choose from when heading to Sengkang via MRT. We classify them into three main categories as shown below:
1) Stored Value Cards
2) Singapore Tourist Passes
3) Single/Multi-Trip Tickets
Consider the following questions if you are visiting Singapore:
Are you visiting from abroad?
How many days are you in the city (1-3 days or more)?
Do you plan on travelling a lot (MRT, LRT and Bus Services)?
If you are visiting for less than three days and want to explore a lot, get one!
You can buy multi-trip and single-trip tickets in stations throughout the city. Try to buy these traditional forms of tickets when traffic is light (avoid rush hour queues).
Step 4: Complete transfers (if needed) and take the MRT along the North-East Line to Buangkok or Sengkang Station.
Travel to the North-East Line, making any necessary transfers along the way.
Ride the MRT to either Buangkok Station (NE-16) or Sengkang Station (NE-16).
Hougang Station (NE-14) is directly south of Buangkok, so move closer to an exit when you stop here.
Step 5: Alight at either Buangkok (NE-15) Station or Sengkang Station (NE-16).
Depending on where you want to go in Sengkang, get off at either Buangkok Station (NE-15) or Sengkang Station (NE-16). Remember to bring all of your belongings with you for the trip.
***Note: We will outline what points of interest are close to each station later in this guide.
Exiting Buangkok MRT Station…
Exiting Sengkang MRT Station…
Step 6: Walk, take a bus or ride the LRT to your point of interest in Sengkang.
Once you alight at either Buangkok Station (NE-15) or Sengkang Station (NE-16), you will have the choice to walk, take a bus or ride the LRT to your destination.
Here are your choices when you arrive in Sengkang:
- Walk directly from either Buangkok Station (NE-15) or Sengkang Station (NE-16) to your point of interest.
- Transfer to Bus Services at either Buangkok Station (NE-15) or Sengkang Station (NE-16).
- Transfer to Sengkang LRT (East or West Loop) to get closer to your destination.
As you can see, the LRT is integrated with Sengkang MRT Station and not Buangkok Station.
How long does it take you from Buangkok MRT to the center of Sengkang?
Step 7: If you want to use Sengkang LRT, then walk from the MRT platform to the LRT platform at Sengkang Station.
Sengkang Station is very strategic because you can transfer between the North-East MRT Line and the East/West Sengkang LRT Loops.
It has both MRT and LRT platforms for trains. The LRT component of the station is built above the MRT component. The LRT and MRT share common concourses on both the ground Ground Level and Level 2.
You will get off the MRT at Basement Level 1.
But the LRT platforms are located on Level 3 of the station. Therefore, follow the signs and travel up to Level 3.
Step 8: Travel along either the East/West Sengkang LRT Loop to your final destination in Sengkang.
Sengkang LRT consists of 14 stations spread over two loops, the East and West loop. It’s super convenient being able to access different areas of Sengkang with the LRT, so double-check the location of your point of interest and consider getting there with public transportation.
Should you stay in Sengkang or elsewhere in Singapore?
Sengkang is well known for housing complexes and condos, but it isn’t known for hotels or hostels. Therefore, most tourists choose to stay in an area south of Sengkang, closer to popular areas such as Marina Bay, Kampong Glam, Chinatown, and Little India.
You will find more hotels in these areas in comparison to Sengkang.
If you are keen on staying near Sengkang, then refer to the properties below:
Village Residence Hougang by Far East Hospitality (4-star, 7.4/10 review score, 12+ reviews)
Rest House (8.6/10 review score, 36+ reviews)
Hotel 81 Kovan (2-star, 6.7/10 review score, 300+ reviews)
Little India is an excellent alternative to staying in Sengkang because it provides direct access to Sengkang and Marina Bay using the North-East Line.
A few of the most popular hotels near Little India Station include
Citadines Rochor (4-star, 8.6/10 review score, 160+ reviews)
Hilton Garden Inn Singapore Serangoon (4-star, 8.2/10, review score, 2400+ reviews)
Check out our popular and very comprehensive accommodation guide to find the best areas and places to stay in the city.
Things to do in Sengkang and Itinerary Ideas
Sengkang is a large area that consists of 7 subzones. Consequently, there are several shopping malls and other points of interest worth exploring here.
Subzones of Sengkang
- Sengkang Town Centre
- Sengkang West
- Lorong Halus North
Building a one-day itinerary that consists of shopping, recreation, and some delicious food is possible. We will share some itinerary ideas based on whether you alight at Buangkok Station or Sengkang Station.
Points of Interest near Buangkok Station
Buangkok station is south of Sengkang Station and offers commuters and travellers access to southern Sengkang and northern Hougang.
Once you arrive at the station, you can take a short bus ride to one of the malls in Hougang, such as:
Buangkok Square Mall
Hougang Green Shopping Mall
Punggol Park and Hougang ActiveSQ Sports Centre are two popular recreational centres for families and people looking to get some fresh air.
Points of Interest near Sengkang Station
Sengkang Station is particularly convenient for accessing various points of interest in Sengkang because you can transfer between the MRT, LRT and bus here.
We suggest taking the LRT loop to your destination if possible.
Several shopping centres, recreational facilities, and places to eat around Sengkang station are worth checking out.
Compass One is the most convenient shopping centre to visit because it is integrated with Sengkang MRT Station. Read how to get to Compass One.
Both Rivervale Plaza and Rivervale Mall are accessible via the Sengkang LRT East Loop. You can get to Seletar Mall from Sengkang Station by either taking the LRT to Fernvale Station or using bus services.
Kopitiam Square is only a few minutes southwest of Sengkang Station. It has a wide selection of traditional hawker foods that Singapore is famous for!
Sengkang Sports Centre, Sengkang Swimming Complex and Sengkang Sculpture Park are popular recreational facilities. These are a short drive west of Sengkang MRT station along the waterfront.
We genuinely hope that this guide on how to get to Sengkang Singapore by MRT will save you time and money. Many people live in Sengkang and use the MRT and LRT services here daily.
Regardless of how you get to Sengkang, it’s easy to get around using the East and West LRT Loop once you are in the area. Some people use the LRT to access their destination and then switch to bus services to go somewhere later.
If you feel like this step-by-step guide on how to get to Sengkang Singapore by MRT is missing some important information – let us know!
We want you to get there efficiently, affordably and without unnecessary complications.